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How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America

Problems in Race, Political Economy, and Society

Manning Marable

Pages: 353
Edition: Classics Series, Volume 4
ISBN: 0-89608-579-1
Format: paper
Release Date: 1999-01-01
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How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America is a classic study of racism and class in the United States. It has become a standard text for courses in American politics and history, and has been central to the education of thousands of political activists since the 1980s, selling more than 30,000 copies in its first edition.

In this updated and significantly expanded edition, Marable examines developments in the political economy of racism in the United States and assesses shifts in the American political terrain since the first edition was published. Marable brilliantly demonstrates how capitalism not only causes socioeconomic injustice, but requires it: "The current economic amnesia of the West is therefore no accident, because it reveals the true roots of massive exploitation and human degradation upon which the current world order rests."

Other topics that are related to African American Studies are:

  • African American Studies
  • South End Press Classics
  • Table of Contents

    Preface How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America: A Critical Reasessment
    Introduction to the First Edition

    Part 1 The Black Majority: The Domestic Periphery
    The Crisis of the Black Working Class
    2 The Black Poor: Highest Stage of Underdevelopment
    3 Groundings with My Sisters: Patriarch and the Exploitation of Black Women
    4 Black Prisoners and Punishment in a Racist/Capitalist State

    Part 2 The Black Elite: The Domestic Core
    Black Capitalism: Entrepreneurs, Consumers, and the Historical Evolution of the Black Market
    6 Black Brahmins: The Underdevelopment of Black Political Leadership
    7 The Ambiguous Politics of the Black Church
    8 The Destruction of Black Education

    Part 3 A Question of Genocide
    The Meaning of Racist Violence in Late Capitalism
    10 Conclusion: Towards a Socialist America

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